Texas A&M COVID-19 Protocols

Adopted from the CDC Isolation and Quarantine guidance updated on August 11, 2022.

Calculating Isolation Day 0 is your first day of symptoms or a positive viral test. Day 1 is the first full day after your symptoms developed or your test specimen was collected. For additional assistance, see the CDC's Isolation and Exposure Calculator

Calculating Quarantine The date of your exposure is considered Day 0. Day 1 is the first full day after your last contact with a person who has had COVID-19. For additional assistance, see the CDC's Isolation and Exposure Calculator

If You Test Positive for COVID-19

Everyone, regardless of vaccination status

Notify professors, supervisors, or residence hall advisors.

Option 1

If you have no symptoms or mild symptoms, you must stay home for 5 days.

You must wear a mask around others for 10 days.

After 5 days, you may end isolation based on one of the following criteria:

If you had mild symptoms you may end isolation when you are fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medications after 5 days and your symptoms are improving.

If you did NOT have symptoms, you may end isolation after 5 days.

If you were moderate/severely ill, you must comply with Option 2.

Take precautions until day 10 by avoiding travel and avoiding being around people who are at high risk. 

Option 2

You must stay home and isolate for 10 days

If your symptoms are gone or resolving and you are fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medications after 10 days, you can end isolation.

If You Are Exposed* to Someone with COVID-19

Everyone, regardless of vaccination status
Option 1

No quarantine required unless you develop symptoms

You must wear a mask around others for 10 days

Consider testing on Day 5 

Take precautions until day 10 by avoiding travel and being around people who are at high risk.

If you develop symptoms, get tested and isolate immediately. 

Option 2

You must stay home and quarantine for 10 days after last exposure.

If you develop symptoms, get tested and isolate immediately.

*Exposed/Exposure - Contact with someone infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in a way that increases the likelihood of getting infected with the virus.

Close Contact - Someone who was less than 6 feet away from an infected person (laboratory-confirmed or a clinical diagnosis) for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period. For example, three individual 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes.

If You Have Symptoms 

Without known exposure, regardless of vaccination status
Not tested

You must stay home and isolate yourself from others.

Consider getting tested.

You may end isolation if you test negative, your symptoms are improving, and you are fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication.  

If you are unable to get a test or if you test positive, you must follow one of the two options in the Positive Test Protocol. 

Negative Test

You must stay isolated from others until your symptoms are improving and you are fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medications.